What is the difference
between being happy
and having joy?
see, when you're happy
it's usually based on
like having good coffee,
meeting up with friends,
joy is quite different though.
you can walk through
the darkest of trials
and still be joyful.
let me give you
the biblical definition:
joy is an abiding sense of
contentment and cheerfulness,
based on god and his kingdom.
we just need fix our hearts
on the eternal. . . . #jesus#god#bible#love#joy#goodvibes#positive#grace#king#savior#truth#newcreation#poem#writing#creative
Holy spirit, spirit of wisdom, of science, of intelligence, of counsel, fill us, we pray, with the knowledge of the word of god. may we, under your guidance, be able to understand the gospel of this marian solemnity. holy spirit, we need you. and we turn to you, mary, mother of jesus and of the church, you who have lived the inebriating and total presence of the holy spirit, you who have experienced the power of his force in you, who has seen it operating in your son jesus from the time when he was in the maternal womb.
mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of judah. she went into zechariah’s house and greeted elizabeth. now as soon as elizabeth heard mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her w**b and elizabeth was filled with the holy spirit. she gave a loud cry and said, ‘of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. why should i be honoured with a visit from the mother of my lord? for the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my w**b leapt for joy. yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the lord would be fulfilled.’ and mary said: ‘my soul proclaims the greatness of the lord
and my spirit exults in god my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the almighty has done great things for me.
holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
he has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
he has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
the hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
he has come to the help of israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to abraham and to his descendants for ever.
[luke 1:39-56] #lectiodivina#scripture#catholic#faith#spirtuality#prayer#bible#icon#art#beauty#visitation#ourlady#prayer#feast#holyspirit#angels#jesus#inspirationalquotes
I am yours for all eternity. i am the alpha and the omega: the one who is and was and is to come. the world you inhabit is a place of constant changes—more than your mind can absorb without going into shock. even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely. i, however, am the same yesterday and today and forever.
because i never change, your relationship with me provides a rock-solid foundation for your life. i will never leave your side. when you move on from this life to the next, my presence beside you will shine brighter with each step. you have nothing to fear, because i am with you for all time and throughout eternity. “i am the alpha and the omega,” says the lord god, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the almighty.”
jesus christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
in the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. but you remain the same, and your years will never end.
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"but now listen, o jacob, my servant, and israel, whom i have chosen: thus says the lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, 'do not fear, o jacob my servant; and you jeshurun whom i have chosen. isaiah 44:1-2
now the promises were spoken to abraham and to his offspring. he does not say, "and to offsprings," as referring to many, but rather to one, "and to your offspring," that is, christ. galatians 3:16
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through jesus christ, according to the purpose of his will, ephesians 1:4-5
“i believe the doctrine of election, because i am quite certain that, if god had not chosen me, i should never have chosen him; and i am sure he chose me before i was born, or else he never would have chosen me afterwards; and he must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for i never could find in myself why he should have looked upon me with special love. so i am forced to accept that great biblical doctrine.
the man represents the elect who delight in god when they have received salvation by repentance and faith in christ - this is seen in the blood of christ coming out of the wrist and connecting to the man’s heart.
to connect israel i have placed the twelve stars in a reddish strand that goes down diagonally through the image starting from the top left to the bottom right. at the center there is a highlighted star that stands out from the rest, this is to point to the "offsprint/seed" that represents christ, by whom the israel of faith comes into the promise.
i’ve drawn a depiction of christ with a smile, showing how, before we came into existence, he found delight and joy in his people. the man is shown with a smile, and this joy comes from being made alive by the blood of christ that unites him to god.
: #deogloriaart#sovereignelection#biblicalart#illustration#design#art#christian#christ#reformedtheology quotes #digitalart#follow#bible#followme#design#god #cristão #arte#blessed#love#trust#hope#divine#grace#mercy
Prayer call recap: in the bible god told ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones that they may come alive. as ezekiel began to prophesy the bones began to gather flesh but they were not alive. so god commanded ezekiel to speak the breath of life into the bones until they were up standing a mass army. the point here is that sometimes we can get caught in the moment and stop once we see a little success. but god wants us to keep going until we see the full manifestation of what he commanded. sometimes we can become distracted by minor success. we have more work to do. celebrate your milestones but don’t stop until you see life. •
7 so i prophesied as i was commanded. and as i was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 i looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 then he said to me, “prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘this is what the sovereign lord says: come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 so i prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. #bible #teachempowerapply#tabithasteaparty#keepgoing#moving4ward#riseandshine
⛪📕mass readings for august 14, 2018 ✝🙏🏻
(memorial of saint maximilian kolbe, priest and martyr lectionary: 414)
• 1st reading: book of ezekiel 2:8—3:4
• psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
• holy gospel of jesus christ according to saint matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
the disciples approached jesus and said, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” he called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “amen, i say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
and whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
“see that you do not despise one of these little ones, for i say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly father.
what is your opinion? if a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? and if he finds it, amen, i say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
in just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly father that one of these little ones be lost.” #catholic#catholicism #católico #katolik#proudcatholic#catholicchurch#romancatholicchurch#christian#christianity#christ#jesus#jesuschrist#religion#religious#faith#amen#godblessamerica#godbless#saints#bible#gospel
Jesus cleanses the temple!
also, the tears of jesus are the tears of god and the righteous indignation of jesus is of god also. (luke 19:41-48)
you can break this passage down to 3 separate incidents.
1. jesus' cries over jerusalem. he knew what was going to happen to the city and its inhabitants in a.d. 70. a tragedy. the tears of jesus are the tears of god when he sees the needless pain and suffering for rebelling against their god.
2. there is the cleansing of the temple. why did jesus, act with such righteous indignation to the money changers and the sellers of animals in the temple courts? well the money changers, and the court inspectors were ripping off the people and the poor suffered the most. it was legalised robbery. it was not simply that the buying and selling interfered with worship; it was that the very worship of the house of god was being used to exploit the worshippers. it was wrong on both levels! so we see the passion for the disrespect for his fathers house and the social injustice which burned in jesus' heart when he took this drastic step.
3. despite that jesus loved continued as he was teaching in the temple courts when there was a price on his head. lesson: the courage of a christian should match the courage of our lord. he left us an example that we should never be ashamed to show who we are and whom we serve. we obey god as ruler not men and stand up for the lowly one. #jesus#god#godfirst#faith#love#bible#christian#jw#hope#prayer#fitness#beauty#justice#good#happy#lifestyle#life#healthy#worship#sonofgod#spiritual#inspire#blessed